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Hawaiigirl 01-02-2012 10:46 PM

I am SO new....
Hello...My husband's dream was to buy a boat and I am not one to kill a person's dreams so I am tagging along...ha ha...I went with him to pick up his boat and we motored down the Intercoastal was fun until we went aground...ha ha! I am learning NEW words every day...I hope to come here to learn as much as I can so I won't be a pain in the ass...I didn't even whine much...not even when I felt sea sick...I just kept telling NOT be a wimp....

leogallant 01-02-2012 10:52 PM

Haha, nice! We ran aground our second day with ours, and also on the intracoastal! That make you guys better sailors than us to accomplish that on your first day! Lol. Welcome!

smackdaddy 01-02-2012 11:02 PM

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Hey Hawaii - welcome to SN. And cheers to refusing to be a pain in the ass.

jackdale 01-02-2012 11:06 PM

You have learned from one mistake - that is good. One of my favourite quotes is from Bill Gates "Success teaches nothing."

One way to avoid mistakes is to learn from others. Scout out some instructors. I tell instructor-wannabes that they have to have made a lot mistakes before they can impart their experience to others.

wingNwing 01-03-2012 10:33 AM

Every ICW boater we know either admits to having run aground, or lies about having never run aground, so welcome!

CharlieCobra 01-03-2012 01:54 PM

I'm one of few who can find a five foot shallow in a thirty foot channel, fagedaboutit...

hellosailor 01-03-2012 04:36 PM

hg, now you can swear AS a sailor, not just like one. Anyone can use the FCC's "seven dirty words" but there's a true art to swearing without redundancy, or those seven words.

Seasickness is something that some of us are cursed with and from personal experience I would urge you to be open about it, and to take a good look at your options while on land. That is, get several diffferent meds and try them out, one per weekend, while you are in the comfort of home ashore. You'll find some disagree with you, others don't, how effective they are at sea is of course something else again. The electric wristband can be very effective if it is positioned exactly right. And the prescription meds (like Scopace) are serious meds not to be taken lightly--but also invaluable when lesser things don't work.

If it is done properly or done well, a day in a boat should be a good day. If you find yourself wet, cold, hungry, bored...speak up and change things, sailing SHOULD be better than that! Warm dry clothes, good meals, all these things count.

DonScribner 01-03-2012 08:34 PM


I'm a MythBusters fan. They did a whole special on motion sickness. Their conclusion is that the only thing that truly works is ginger root. It worked perfectly even for the red headed kid who gets puking sick just thinking about moving. A ginger root tablet and he could ride "the chair" for 15 minutes with no issues. Without it, 15 seconds and he's sharing his lunch with the camera. Ginger root capsules $3 at Walmart.

hellosailor 01-03-2012 08:40 PM

So they "discovered" what NASA researched and documented 30 or 40 years ago, wow.

FWIW, no matter what they discovered ginger is not a cure-all for motion sickness. It works to some extent for some people and the mechanics of how it works (by increasing capillary blood flow) also explain why it has limited usefulness.

NASA has had extreme problems and a great amount of experience with motion sickness. The barf bags don't have mission-specific logos printed on them though, that's not the kind of PR they want.

leogallant 01-03-2012 11:39 PM


Originally Posted by CharlieCobra (Post 812866)
I'm one of few who can find a five foot shallow in a thirty foot channel, fagedaboutit...

Sometimes we sail, sometimes we Braille :-)

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